Research

Articles, tools, and commentary on carbon
removal and climate solutions.
Highlights
Jun 30 2022
CMIP6 downscaling
Downscaled datasets form the basis of climate impacts and risk analysis. We released new globally downscaled climate datasets spanning multiple downscaling methods, alongside an interactive map tool, an explainer article, and a policy brief.
Map toolExplainer articlePolicy brief

Jul 12 2022
What are the key challenges facing the carbon removal industry? We surveyed 37 stakeholders to better understand priorities, perceptions, and challenges facing the industry. Read our summary article or download the full report.

Tools
CMIP6 Downscaling
Interactive mapping tool for global downscaled climate data.
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Articles
Jul 12 2022
Barriers to scaling the long-duration carbon dioxide removal industry
What are the key challenges facing the carbon removal industry? We conducted structured interviews with 37 stakeholders to understand how they perceive market barriers.
What are the key challenges facing the carbon removal industry? We conducted structured interviews with 37 stakeholders to understand how they perceive market barriers.
Jun 30 2022
Downscaled datasets form the basis of climate impacts and risk analysis, but there are many ways to downscale. We’re releasing data and tools for this foundational step in the climate change planning process.
Downscaled datasets form the basis of climate impacts and risk analysis, but there are many ways to downscale. We’re releasing data and tools for this foundational step in the climate change planning process.
Apr 07 2022
Zombies on the blockchain
We analyzed the flow of carbon offset credits from conventional registries to the blockchain. Our work shows that nearly all of these credits have been excluded from conventional markets.
We analyzed the flow of carbon offset credits from conventional registries to the blockchain. Our work shows that nearly all of these credits have been excluded from conventional markets.
Mar 30 2022
Fire, forests, and greenhouse gas inventories in California
Should policymakers track net greenhouse gas emissions across the energy and lands sectors, and if so, how? We explored the complex choices required to account for forests and power plants in the same emissions inventory.
Should policymakers track net greenhouse gas emissions across the energy and lands sectors, and if so, how? We explored the complex choices required to account for forests and power plants in the same emissions inventory.
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Commentary
Policy Briefs
Aug 01 2022
Policy Brief
Why climate data matters to climate-related financial risk assessments
Companies, government agencies, and consumers increasingly seek data on future physical climate risks. Better communication, transparency, and accessibility would help improve these physical financial risk assessments.
May 17 2022
Policy Brief
California’s draft climate change scoping plan is incomplete
California’s net-zero climate plan is long on carbon removal, short on details, and based on flawed analysis.
Feb 08 2022
Policy Brief
Voluntary carbon markets don't provide investors with adequate data about who is using offset credits, nor what kinds of climate claims those credits justify. Simple disclosures would fix this gap.
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Comment Letters
Jul 15 2022
Washington Department of Ecology re: California forest carbon offsets
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Publications
Aug 05 2022
Frontiers
California’s forest carbon offsets buffer pool is severely undercapitalized
An actuarial analysis of California's forest carbon offset insurance program shows that it fails to adequately address risks from wildfire and sudden oak death.
Mar 31 2022
The Journal of Ocean Technology
Ocean solutions in the carbon market
A short article outlining the challenges of incorporating ocean-based CDR into carbon markets and the need for those who know the science to track claims carefully and help others do the same.
May 11 2022
Ecology Letters
Future climate risks from stress, insects and fire across US forests
A paper quantifying the key climate drivers that fuel risks to forests in the United States from wildfire, drought, and insects, and projecting those risks over the 21st century.
Feb 12 2022
EarthArXiv
A paper using coupled seaweed growth and technoeconomic models to better understand the potential role of seaweed farming for carbon removal and biomass products.
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